Greek Canadians

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Greek Canadians
Ελληνοκαναδοί
Total population
252,960
(by ancestry, 2011 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Canada
 Ontario 132,440[2]
 Quebec 89,985[3]
 British Columbia 42,770[4]
 Alberta 11,945[5]
Languages
Canadian English, Canadian French, Aromanian and Greek
Religion
Predominantly Greek Orthodox Christianity, Judaism and Islam[6]

Greek Canadians (Greek: Ελληνοκαναδοί) are Canadian citizens who have full or partial Greek heritage or people who emigrated from Greece and reside in Canada. According to the 2011 Census, there were 252,960 Canadians who claimed Greek ancestry.[7]

History[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Provinces and territories with the highest population of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census: [8]

Province or territory Greek Canadians Percentage
 Canada 271,410 0.79
 Ontario 148,555 1.12
 Quebec 71,330 0.90
 British Columbia 24,460 0.54
 Alberta 15,025 0.38
 Manitoba 4,130 0.33
 Nova Scotia 3,360 0.37
 Saskatchewan 2,880 0.27
 New Brunswick 950 0.13
 Newfoundland and Labrador 380 0.07
 Prince Edward Island 175 0.13
 Yukon 90 0.26
 Northwest Territories 50 0.12
 Nunavut 20 0.06

Census Metropolitan Agglomerations (CMAs) with the highest population of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census: [8]

CMA Greek Canadians Percentage
Toronto  Ontario 99,145 1.69
Montreal  Quebec 66,395 1.66
Vancouver  British Columbia 16,085 0.66
Ottawa - Gatineau  Ontario /  Quebec 8,005 0.62
Hamilton  Ontario 6,940 0.94
Calgary  Alberta 6,770 0.49
London  Ontario 5,365 1.10
Edmonton  Alberta 5,015 0.39
Oshawa  Ontario 4,690 1.25
Kitchener - Cambridge - Waterloo  Ontario 3,885 0.75

Cities with the highest population of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census: [9]

City Province Greek Canadians Percentage
Toronto  Ontario 57,420 2.13
Montreal  Quebec 29,060 1.75
Laval  Quebec 20,385 4.96
Mississauga  Ontario 7,490 1.05
Ottawa  Ontario 6,975 0.76
Markham  Ontario 6,215 1.90
Calgary  Alberta 6,150 0.50
Vancouver  British Columbia 5,760 0.93
Vaughan  Ontario 5,065 1.67
Hamilton  Ontario 5,030 0.95

Ridings (Federal electoral districts) with the highest percentage of Greek Canadians, according to 2016 Census: [10]

Riding Province Greek Canadians Percentage
Laval--Les Îles  Quebec 13,190 12.46
Toronto--Danforth  Ontario 7,655 7.26
Papineau  Quebec 5,490 5.01
Saint-Laurent  Quebec 4,795 4.92
Scarborough Centre  Ontario 4,945 4.48
Beaches--East York  Ontario 4,585 4.23
Ahuntsic-Cartierville  Quebec 4,695 4.18
Vimy  Quebec 4,335 4.07
Don Valley East  Ontario 3,785 4.06
Pierrefonds--Dollard  Quebec 3,680 3.43

List of notable Canadians of Greek ancestry[edit]

Academics[edit]

Authors[edit]

Professors[edit]

Business and philanthropy[edit]

Creatives[edit]

Canadians of Greek ancestry mark the independence of Greece in Montreal's Park Extension neighbourhood.

Artists[edit]

Sport[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Chess[edit]

Diving[edit]

Field hockey[edit]

Football[edit]

Ice hockey[edit]

Soccer[edit]

Strength athletics[edit]

Water skiing[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

  • Bret Hart – former pro wrestler, multiple World Champion in the WWF and WCW; of Greek ancestry; mother is half Greek[11]
  • Trish Stratus (aka Patricia Anne Stratigias) – former professional wrestler

Film, TV and stage[edit]

Actors and performers[edit]

Directors and producers[edit]

Entertainers[edit]

Journalists and broadcasters[edit]

Historical figures[edit]

Immigrants[edit]

  • Ioánnis Fokás Juan de Fuca – first Greek-Canadian (1592)

Politicians[edit]

Judiciary[edit]

Religious figures[edit]

Order of Canada recipients[edit]

  • Teresa Stratas (born 1938) – soprano OC; retired Canadian operatic soprano; known for her award-winning recording of Alban Berg's Lulu; born in Toronto, Ontario

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics Canada. "2011 National Household Survey: Data tables". Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – Ontario". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – Quebec". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – British Columbia". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories – Alberta". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Selected Demographic and Cultural Characteristics". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ethnic origins, 2006 counts, for Canada, provinces and territories". Statistics Canada. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census, Ethnic origin for Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs)". Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Toronto, City [Census subdivision], Ontario and Toronto, Census division [Census division], Ontario". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  10. ^ Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics. "Census Profile, 2016 Census - Laval--Les Îles [Federal electoral district], Quebec and Toronto, Census division [Census division], Ontario". www12.statcan.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  11. ^ Bret Hart's mother is half Greek as is published in his autobiography Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling
  12. ^ Peter Bexis

External links[edit]

  • hellenism.net – a comprehensive list of famous Greeks and Greek Americans

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Greek-Canadians – A comprehensive list of famous Greeks and Greek Canadians
  • GreekGateway.com – Greek cultural entertainment site, event resource and business directory
  • Toronto-Danforth political riding with concentrated Hellenic population
Embassy and Consulates
Charitable organizations
Communities
Trade organizations
Affiliate trade organizations
Performance art groups